Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Nine From Neverwinter, part one.

Cast of Characters:

  • Azun – A Moon Elf Archer hailing originally from Deepingdale, but fletching his arrows in Neverwinter for at least the past 30 years. He lead many of Neverwinter to safety during the Cataclysm of Mount Hotenow, and is regarded as a local folk hero.

  • Rungalor – A rough and tumble Barbarian Minotaur from parts unknown ...

  • Rollo Rutterkin – A Halfling Thief and long time companion of Rungalor.

  • Kirok – An Uthgardt Barbarian Shaman on a visionquest, serving as our guide.

  • Gizig – A Silver Dragonborn Warrior with official connections to Neverwinter's militia.

  • Hanzo – A Kozokuran Swordsman who journeyed to Neverwinter with Adrix of Highmoon.

  • Arcandius – A Thayvian Wizard who escaped his homeland with a mysterious tome of power.

  • Adrix – The Wandering Sage and Chronicler of this tale who brought this ragtag group of misfits together. He has traveled extensively as a Bardic Storyteller throughout The Realms, including The Unapproachable East, and is seeking to know more about The North.

  • The Storm Caller – A Calishite Gensia, powerful in the ways of Elemental Sorcery.

24th of Tarsakh, Year of the Ageless One; 447 North Reckoning

Times were hard and this freezing rain won't stop.

The only prospect for gold was taking a wagon-load of mining equipment to the isolated town of Phandalin for a Dwarvish merchant known as Gundren Rockseeker. The job didn't pay much, but enough to rub more than a couple coins together. Gunden told us he and his man Sildar would ride a day or so ahead of us, as he had preparations to make in Phandalin. We'd take The High Road south until we would come to The Triboar Trail heading east, and then head south again to Phandalin. It was a simple job and very straightforward. It would not remain so.

26th of Tarsakh, Year of the Ageless One; 447 North Reckoning

Day two into our ride and Kirok, who was scouting ahead, came upon two dead and arrow stricken horses in the middle of the road. He, Azun, and Rungalor rode ahead to investigate. The Arrows were black and of Goblin-make, all of which was immediately confirmed as more of these goblin arrows rained down from the trees. Azun quickly remounted his horse and headed back to the wagon for reinforcements, while Rung and Kirok were pinned down by the frost slick corpses of horses.

Gizig arrived at the scene and let loose a great gout of frost breath into the trees, which froze all the hidden goblins save one. He was captured and bound. Azun discovered a mapcase in a horse's saddlebag that was labeled Rockseeker. We interrogated the goblin to try and discover our Dwarven patron's fate. The goblin, calling himself Grubb, reviled to us he was taken to Klarg's outpost, not far from the ambush site. Grubb was intimidated by our more monstrous companions to the point of prayers to Maglubiyet, and complied with our orders to lead us to this forsaken outpost.